Celebrate Bygone American Traditions at Cane Boil & FiddleFest


The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and the Friends of Nature Parks present the Annual Cane Boil & FiddleFest at Morningside Nature Center Saturday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Held each year the Saturday after Thanksgiving, this event combines traditions of giving thanks and fall harvest with live fiddle, banjo and string-band music, which were major influences on American entertainment for more than 150 years. Bring your out-of-town guests, friends and family out to Morningside’s beautiful Living History Farm to experience the making and bottling of sugar cane syrup, biscuits hot from the wood cookstove, live roots music, horse-drawn wagon rides and living history interpreters and demonstrators bringing a country day in 1870 to life.

The Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest portion of the Cane Boil is for musicians 18-years-old and younger who may enter in one of three age group divisions:

  • Sprouts Division (beginners 7 years old or younger)
  • Seedlings Division (8 to 12 years old)
  • Saplings Division (advanced players, or those 13 to 18 years old)

Contestants may register online at between now and Wednesday, Nov. 25 (strongly recommended) or they may register on-site the morning of the contest from 9-10 a.m. Pre-registered contestants should also check-in at this time. The contest starts at 10 a.m., concluding with judging and the presentation of prizes, awarded to first, second, third place winners and runners-up in each of the three divisions.

Event admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under three years old. Admission fees are waived for contestants, their family members and an accompanist.

For registration, complete rules and more information about judging and prizes, please visit or call 352-334-3326. Plan to round out your holiday weekend with a relaxing and enjoyable day at the Cane Boil & FiddleFest!

A video of the 2014 event can be viewed here:

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Morningside Nature Center is located at 3540 E. University Ave., approximately three miles east of downtown Gainesville.